AFP: Michigan Should Join States Refusing Compliance with EPA’s Power Grab
Lansing, Mich. – Michigan can and should join other states that are refusing compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s power grab. That was the message from the grassroots free-market group Americans for Prosperity-Michigan in response to an announcement from the Michigan Agency for Energy that the state would develop a blueprint for reaching “targets” imposed by the Obama Administration under the so-called Clean Power Plan.
“Michigan shouldn’t put up with the Obama Administration’s regulatory bullying tactics at the expense of energy consumers,” said Pete Lund, state director of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan. “It is just ridiculous to believe Michigan can maintain control of our energy future if we cave to the EPA’s demands. Any regulatory road we choose to include in our state blueprint leads to the same federally defined destination—one that even President Obama acknowledges will result in higher prices for consumers.”
Lund noted that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan regulations still have to survive a gauntlet of court challenges. And, Michigan shouldn’t do the EPA’s dirty work by leveraging the assistance of state regulators in complying with mandates from the Obama Administration. Governor Snyder can and should join states like Indiana in simply refusing to submit a plan.
“In the end, it’s Michigan families and businesses who will shoulder the cost of this harmful rule,” said Lund. “Our state leaders should stand up for energy affordability and reliability in Michigan by rejecting efforts to implement them. Unfortunately Governor Snyder is doing the opposite.”
The EPA Clean Power Plan calls for Michigan to reduce emissions by 39.4 percent. Non-partisan research found that the “clean power” regulation would result in massive electricity rate hikes on Michigan families. By 2020 Michigan families will see their household electricity and gas bills increase by more than $950, a 47 percent increase. The total annual cost of power and gas will increase by over $10 billion.
“There is no reason to believe that submitting an implementation plan at this juncture will allow Michigan any leeway if the EPA’s power to implement these targets is upheld by the courts,” said Lund. “All we’d really be doing is crafting an energy plan that achieves federal objectives by selecting from a menu of tactics the Obama Administration has decided are allowed.”
Hello AG Bill Schuette?